Almond Cake with Chocolate Ganache (Gluten Free)

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by Chris on January 13, 2012

“Dr. A, Dr A!”

As I looked across the crosswalk, Little One hung onto her father’s pant leg with one hand and feverishly waved with the other. “Dr. A, I missed you so much!”

I waved back and greeting her with a heartfelt “hello” as I watched her family’s AM routine; Little One’s dad accompanies his children to the crosswalk each morning, without fail. Moving from oldest to youngest, he crouches down to speak with each individual child. Without a clue about what the conversation includes, I can only assume the moments are filled with tidbits of positive empowerment that set the tone for the day.

Their family practice is often the highlight of my day, as (sadly) I have never seen anything like it. In fact, I have expressed to the Dad how special it is to witness the extraordinary, lasting foundation that is being built every morning. And, it is something everyone can do. It is something I wish everyone took the time. So simple. So impactful. So lasting.

After dad’s kiss and hug goodbye, Little One, a kindergartener, looked up at her dad to receive the okay to head toward the front door. In an instant, she barreled toward me like a bull aiming for a matador. As she collided into me and clasped on like Velcro. “Dr. A, Dr A! I missed you more than 1000 hugs.”

Right then, someone needed to put a fork in me because I was done. A day doesn’t get much better than that.

My new year goals are more reflective and “getting back to self”.  I have mentioned a few times (understatement) that it is my wish to work with food.  But, as it is not my reality at the present time, treasured moments I experience with Little One and others like her in grades K-8 remind me I am lucky girl.  Good, bad or indifferent, I have been blessed with such opportunities.

There isn’t a connection to this story and the scrumptiously moist, gluten-free cake. But, as the first week after a pretty long winter break concludes, and the standard wave of exhaustion, it is what kept me going all week.

As far as the cake? I would like to offer a big thanks to Sharon, from Highland Hardware, Inc. for the recipe. Sharon and I met on a flight from NYC to Atlanta; she sat next to me in seat 3C. While in the air, I worked on a blog post and we began chatting about food. The end result, after the flight landed and we went our merry way, was this gluten-free seriousness.

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Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate January 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Yummy. Fab photos & great recipe. Love the separation of the layers.

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Jayne January 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This cake sounds delicious! What a lovely start to the day and wonderful memories that father is giving his children. Thanks for sharing that story.

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merry jennifer January 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I love that story, Chris, about the father and his children. So very sweet. And the cake! That looks incredible. I love almond cake, but I’ve never had it with chocolate ganache.

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Niki January 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

i love that story. it’s nice to know that there are parents out there empowering their kids on a daily basis.

it’s also nice to know that there are folks like you making ridiculous deliciousness like this. gorgeous. if my husband weren’t allergic to almonds i’d be rushing right to the kitchen to bake one up myself. sadly, i’ll just have to cross my fingers and hope someone brings one to work one day. just sayin’.

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Roxana Vera January 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Okay Dr. A, this looks AAAAAAMAZING! I need to make it but you should definitely bring a sample to schoo!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

wow! Looks amazing! Hope to see you in B’ham in a few weeks

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